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Cove Lighting (3 replies and 2 comments)

thevin
4 weeks ago
thevin 4 weeks ago

Good Evening everyone and Mr. Deakins ,

I've been reading a lot about your cove lighting, and I'm looking forward to trying this method in the near future. I  was wondering in what situations do you choose to use this lighting setup and why do you choose to use them? 

Thank you ,

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

That is a hard one to answer as there are no specifics. For me a 'cove light' is just a manipulation of a bounce source into a concave shape rather than my usual use of a series of flat panels. Whether I will use a bounce or a lamp projected through diffusion will depend on the space and the fall-off of the light that best fits the need. A bounce close to a subject will be different from a lamp projected through a diffusion even if that diffusion is close to the subject.

thevin
3 weeks ago

Thank you for replying, I was wondering if the space is a factor? Please correct me if im wrong, but I saw this being used in the skyfall gallery scene, and revolutionary road office scene, and they both look tight, is that the reason u choose to use them?

Also, how do u determine on how the light hits the side of the face that is facing away from the light? As I often struggle to light the eyes on the darker side of the face with side lighting.

AK
3 weeks ago

Hello master roger!
Can you state the difference between a bounce Close to the subject compared to a diffusion close to a subject?

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

I wasn't using a 'cove' in either of the scenes you mention, rather than a series of 4' x 4' reflectors set side by side. To me a cove is more of a half circle. The bounces I was using were not on the off side so much as softening the main source or adding some frontal light.

Roger Deakins
3 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 3 weeks ago

The variation depends on the density of the diffusion but a projected lamp, even through a heavy diffusion, will produce a more directional source.

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